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Mail Call - Feb. 13

February 12, 2013

“At the defense secretary’s hearing yesterday, the Republicans mentioned Israel 166 times, but Afghanistan, the longest war in American history, they mentioned it 20. Do the Republicans in the Senate represent Israel, or do they represent the U.S.? Because more than 2,000 Americans have died in Afghanistan, and I think that’s a lot more important than Israel. They take far too much of our money anyway.”
— Sharpsburg

“This is on the gas tax. Well, I got a proposition for the governor who wants to always raise taxes on people in the state of Maryland. You all took the money out of the transportation fund in the first place, $1.4 billion, and put it in a general fund. So to me, I think the state could cut some working people out, and I think the state’s got too many people working for them now anyhow. You can cut some of the programs, just like the city and counties, they can cut some programs, too, and save some money. Keep hiring, hiring, that’s the only people hiring nowadays.”
— Hagerstown

“I don’t live in Hagerstown anymore, but I still consider it my home. So I see here where Gov. O’Malley is at it again. He wants to raise the gas tax. My understanding was that the gas tax was supposed to pay for the repairs to our roads and bridges. And several years back, we got blackmailed with that money and told if we didn’t do this or we didn’t do that, we didn’t get our gas tax money. Look at the roads now. Are we getting any of that gas money yet? So why would O’Malley think that we want to pay higher gas tax?”
— Falling Waters, W.Va.

“I’m getting ready to renew my truck license plates, an everyday use vehicle. It costs me $104.50, with the emphasis on ‘everyday vehicle.’ Now, there are people driving historically tagged and street-rodded tagged vehicles, trucks, every day, seven days a week. They even use them for business. They have businesses stamped on the door. These vehicles are driven daily, they don’t have to be inspected, of any kind, and they only pay $50 for their tags, or less. Come on, Maryland, wake up. Enforce the laws.”
— Hagerstown

“I have a question I want answered. How can a county fire company be considered a ‘private fire company,’ when they receive county tax dollars, and in some cases, federal tax dollars, in the form of grants from FEMA, for apparatus, radios and other equipment?”
— Hagerstown

“I’m calling about the lady who was winterizing her home for her dog, with a heater, and feeds him ham and eggs and steak. I am nearly 90 years old, live on Social Security. I haven’t tasted steak in 20 years, and I’m lucky I can afford oatmeal for breakfast. Also, my house is fully air-conditioned all winter. This is an old dog looking for a new home.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d like to give a ‘thumbs up’ and ‘job well done’ to all the volunteer firefighters who battled that big fire up at the old Wolfe’s corner in Williamsport. They did a real good job.”
— Williamsport

“Anyone who is a Potomac Edison customer, just please, just take the time and go out and read your own meter, because they’re not going to read it. They’ve estimated mine twice now. I usually pay around $100 a month. One month it was $389. Now this month it’s $460-some. I’ve never paid that. I don’t know who — what computer they’re using to do their estimate, but I’ve heard other people complaining about it. So apparently we can’t fix it, so we’ll just have to do their job for them.”
— Hagerstown

“I was reading in Mail Call about the man who gave the lady $50, the day after Christmas in the supermarket. I think that might have been the same man who gave me $50. I was walking my great-grandson in a stroller on North Locust Street, and he pulled up and handed me $50, to which I thanked him. And I’d just like to thank him again.”
— Hagerstown

“I was reading the article this morning about the old Massey Ford building on  Baltimore Street, being historic, and not to tear it down. Well, if that’s so historic, I live out here in Maugansville off Garden View Road in (a) development, there’s a farmhouse built by Joseph Horst in 1700-something, and I called and complained, it was on the historic society, I want to know ... nothing to do with the big shots that run the town, like when they did the Lowe’s, they saved the Shank farm, so why can’t they save this in the development? I think that things like that should be kept.”
— Maugansville

“Americans have to be the most stupid people in the world. I mean, they’re willing to give up their right to life in order to, in exchange for the right to a firearm. If you think guns don’t kill, take a knife to a gunfight.”
— Halfway

“Congratulations to our Ravens. And I was reading today, the day after the Super Bowl, in Mail Call, where someone was talking about Ray Lewis having six kids from four different women. Well, at least he makes the money to support his kids. Around here there’s a lot of people who have three, four, five kids by multiple women, and they don’t support them. We do, by the way of welfare, food stamps and Section 8.”
— Williamsport

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
— Hagerstown

“I don’t object to people being crazy over the different sports that’s out there, but the money they spend on them, and then they can’t contribute a dollar or two to a homeless person or somebody that really needs money, and that includes the younger people and the older generation. I figure most of our people are like newborn babies; selfish, like, ‘I need it now,’ impatient; ‘I want it now.’ And also this is to the Boy Scouts: Don’t change the values that you Scouts have built up over the years.”
— Hancock

“I’m calling about the roundabout on Wagaman Road and old 40. If after six months this is all we have, I would be embarrassed.”
— Sharpsburg

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